Sarah Richardson: 52 Ancestors/Week 3

Longevity: Long life/long existence or service. Sarah Richardson is my great great grandmother, on my mother’s adoptive side. She lived until the age of 82. She had a long life, but she didn’t live the longest out of my ancestors; (her daughter Elsie lived into her nineties!) I just feel like it’s Sarah’s turn to…

Favourite Photo – 52 Ancestors/Week 2

Okay so, Week 2’s topic is difficult. Being a wedding and portrait photographer, I find picking a single favourite photo to be INSANELY difficult. Given my aforementioned job, I have a particular love for wedding photos involving my family. It’s from poring over photos of family weddings; my parents, Aunts/Uncles and grandparents  that really made…

Annie Peace (52 Ancestors/Week 1)

I’ve decided to join Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors challenge, which encourages a weekly focus on one ancestor for the next year. We’re given a prompt each week, with Week 1’s being “Start“. I’ve been focusing my research for the last week on my Dad’s paternal side of the family and have selected my Great Great Aunt…

One Year

Ancestry emailed me the other day to remind me that my World subscription would be renewing on the 28th of this month…which means that it’s been a year since I began my genealogy journey. What a year of discoveries it has been, one that has affected the way I see things within everyday life as…

Catherine Christina (Jen) Weller’s Wedding Announcement

This week has been spent (between uni and work!) researching the Weller line of my family. My maternal grandfather’s Mum was a Weller  and after a search on Trove, I found a wedding announcement for my Pa’s maternal Aunt, Catherine Christina Weller, who married Malcolm William Miles in 1943. The article was featured in the Northern…

Brief Train Encounters

I love quiet carriages on trains. I wouldn’t say I’m militant with my expectations of others in these sections of the train, (who has been told to shush by other passengers in these carriages for so much as a sneeze?!) but it’s my chance to tune out for 45 minutes or so on the way…

You Win this Time, Google.

Does anyone else tend to run their ancestors names through Google? I often do, adding a location and birth date sometimes for good measure (my poor Peace relatives have a horrid time where Googling, or even searching on Trove is concerned, as it’s almost never recognised as a surname!!) I’m always curious to see if…

Ancestry DNA Results Part II

Earlier in the year, I administered DNA tests on both sets of my grandparents. I had completed my immediate family’s tests, so why the hell not? Mum’s mystery isn’t the only one we have in the family! It was again a much longer wait for these four tests than it was for my results and…

I See You, Mabel Shoveller…

I’ve developed a habit of getting lost in Trove, casually entering ancestors names and varying those search terms to see if anything new pops up…this can keep me going for hours. I was doing this last weekend with my Shoveller relatives, namely those closer to me generationally, like Mabel Shoveller, one of my paternal great great…

The Cupboard…

Mum turned 50 last Friday. This weekend is her party, which has sparked a flurry of cleaning, which has me including my room in that equation. And it dawned on me that I have a section in my cupboard that is chock full of about ten years of cards, letters, diaries, you name it. I…

William and John Shoveller

The Shoveller (according to some in the family, the pronounciation is “shove-ELL-a”) branch of my family tree comes from my paternal grandmother’s side: William Shoveller is my fifth great grandfather and was born around 1768 in England. He married Mary Bignell, my fifth great grandmother in 1789 and John, my fourth great grandfather was born…

Mirror Trees (For the Genealogically Challenged)

I’m finally getting around to explaining the whole concept of mirror trees…I am aiming to explain it in a way that will be understood by those who aren’t necessarily into genealogy, as I have mentioned it so many times to family members and friends when they ask how I’m going with the search for Mum’s…